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Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo review

  • Published On: 19 April 2017
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The Estilo has been given a new lease of life with the addition of a new engine and a reworked suspension. How good is it?

Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo
Maruti Zen Estilo

Apart from the engine, there are changes to the design and a tighter suspension, which improve the handling of the earlier Estilo.

The front had to be modified to fit the engine under that short hood, which is a bonus mainly because it has improved the car’s appearance. The Estilo now looks more aggressive with a larger front bumper, bigger air intake, a larger grille with a chrome strip and peeled back headlamps like on the SX4. The rear bumper has been replaced by a more angular one with an integrated fog lamp. The interiors remain unchanged - the only difference is the addition of a two-tone dash rather over the all-beige interiors of the earlier car.

            

The new engine is a big step forward over the older unit. It’s peppier and loves to be revved. However, when you get off the clutch, you have to give it a bit more throttle or it threatens to stall, which can be irritating when you’re driving in traffic.

Performance isn’t as quick as the old Estilo, 0-100kph takes 15.8 seconds, but the engine’s willingness to rev more than makes up for this. This engine’s strength lies is in the mid- and top-end of the power band, where it feels eager and smoother. This engine is more refined with vibration seeping through only at idle. Gearshifts are also a whole lot smoother now.

            

The stiffer suspension means the Estilo feels more solid to drive than before. Straightline stability is better but high-speed bumps still have the ability to unsettle the car. In the city though, it soaks up rutted surfaces well. The stiffer suspension hasn’t gotten rid of its body roll - it tends to get tossed around a fair bit, the overly light steering gives you absolutely no feedback and grip from the 155/65 R13 tyres is overcome quite easily. However, in comparison to the previous Estilo, it feels better tied down.

The old Estilo’s strengths remain - it’s very easy to drive thanks to its miniscule turning circle and great visibility. The interiors are airy and, though they’re not as spacious as a Wagon R. Some weaknesses remain though - the Estilo feels flimsy in comparison to better-built small cars like the i10 and even its own sibling, the A-star. It does come with a decent amount of equipment though. You get power windows, power mirrors and power steering as standard, which is the same as the earlier car, and a lot more than what its direct competition offers.

The New Estilo is a much-improved version of the previous car. The light steering, compact dimensions and responsive engine make it very suited for urban duty. It looks better, the engine is a big step forward and it handles better than the previous car.

Author: Droom

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